But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.
Courageous. A Movie. A Movement. is taking the Christian world by storm. If you don’t believe us, just Google “Courageous The Movie”. This movement has been sweeping through churches since the movie first hit theaters last fall, and congregations are holding recognition ceremonies. Perhaps your church has made an announcement similar to this hypothetical one.
A Special Father’s Day Recognition
This Father’s Day we will hold a special recognition ceremony during the worship service. There are some men in our congregation who have resolved to live courageously by setting an example for the next generation. They have been meeting each week to complete the Courageous Living Bible study and discuss The Resolution for Men book.
On June 17, Father’s Day, these courageous men will be signing an important document called The Resolution for Men. Participation in the ceremony is not limited to only those who have completed the study. Our pastors will be conducting the ceremony and want to encourage ALL of the men in our church family to join them in signing The Resolution for Men. If would like to participate, please e-mail or phone one of the pastors.
Today’s post is intentionally short because we want you to watch the following clips. First up are the Kendrick brothers explaining how to plan a Courageous Resolution Ceremony.
Now let’s take a look at an actual ceremony that happened on Mother’s Day 2012, recognizing courageous men and women. Please be sure to watch the entire ceremony and notice that not everyone is participating.
Did you notice a striking difference between the signing of the resolutions? Women simply affix their signature while men who sign the document are required to have two witnesses. Hmmm…
WHY the difference? We’d love to hear your theories.
The Resolution for Men document is based on a book by the same name. It was written by the Kendrick brothers and Randy Alcorn. What follows is a brief description:
“The Resolution for Men is the inspiring book born out of Courageous, a new film by the makers of Fireproof coming to theaters nationwide in fall 2011. The movie, which presents a powerful story of strong male leadership, is an emotionally charged wake-up call to fathers whose influence upon their children and society is immeasurable. The Resolution for Men follows to challenge men of all ages to become as bold and intentional about embracing their responsibilities as leaders of their homes, marriages, and children.”
The Resolution for Men begins with these EXACT words:
“WEAK MEN WILL NOT BE ABLE TO HANDLE THE CONTENTS OF THIS BOOK.”
The Resolution for Men (Copyright 2011 Kendrick Bros. LLC)
How’s that for intimidation?
We wholeheartedly agree that husbands and fathers should be leading their families in a godly manner. What concerns us is that by going through this book individually or in a Bible study spanning a number of weeks and then signing the resolution, will that truly effect change? Why are The Prayer of Jabez and The Purpose-Driven Life suddenly coming to mind?
We all know that faddish commitments based on emotion rarely translate into lifelong change. Is that what is going on here? We will explore The Resolution for Men and this Courageous phenomenon in our upcoming post – just in time for Father’s Day…
Lydia’s Corner: Daniel 8:1-27 1 John 2:1-17 Psalm 120:1-7 Proverbs 28:25-26